If you have headaches or migraines on a regular basis and can’t seem to pinpoint the cause, then consider seeing your Garland, TX, dentist. Your discomfort could be the result of an oral health issue that impacts millions of people: TMJ disorder, also known as TMD. In today’s blog, we’re looking at how we identify and treat TMJ dysfunction!
Headaches and TMJ Disorder
The temporomandibular joints connect our jaw and skull, and controls the movements necessary to eat and speak. However, when these joints undergo excessive strain, this means the onset of TMJ disorder, an oral health concern that could cause problems opening and closing the mouth. The causes of the pressure could be linked to chronic teeth grinding, known as bruxism, as well as tooth loss, bite imbalance, misalignment, and injury to the face or jaw. Symptoms could include persistent headaches or migraines.
Other Warning Signs
In addition to headaches, the disorder could also lead to discomfort the face or jaw, as well as popping or crackling sensations in the jaw. People with TMD may also encounter aches in the neck or shoulders. If you happen to grind your teeth, then you could also experience tooth sensitivity and toothaches. The pressure could even wear down tooth structure, leading to cracks, chips, and teeth appearing small. The risk of tooth decay and infection also rises over time, too.
First, to avoid exacerbating the issue, we suggest cutting back on hard or chewy foods, which strain the joints. Try to cut back on caffeinated products as well, and remember that a warm washcloth against the side of the face could help ease strain. To treat the issue, we could improve balance and misalignment with orthodontic treatments, such as clear aligners or the placement of a custom-made dental crown. However, the most common solution is an oral appliance. After we take detailed impressions and images of your smile, we use the information to create a device that looks and fits much like a mouthguard. The oral appliance is worn at night and helps reposition the jaw to ease strain. If you also grind your teeth, this places a barrier between the upper and lower sets of teeth, which prevents further damage. If you have any questions about TMJ disorder, or about treating the cause of your migraines, then contact our team today.
DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT PREVENTIVE DENTISTRY?
Our team would like to help you enjoy a healthier smile, which means addressing TMD troubles and bruxism. If you encounter headaches or jaw pain, then contact our team for treatment. To learn more about our comprehensive treatment options, then schedule a consultation by calling Mai Dentistry in Garland, TX, today at 972-530-0552. For our patients who don’t speak English, our office is fluent in both Spanish and Vietnamese.